Cheryl Chi and Brandon Young's garden

San Leandro

Garden Lot size: 600 sq. ft. front garden only on tour, 99% native

Years gardened at this location (Gardening Experience): Native garden was installed in Sept. 2006

Years on the "Bringing Back the Natives" Garden Tour: New this year!

Showcase feature: Inspired by the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Cheryl and Brandon visited other gardens Rick Alatorre of Alatorre Garden Design had created, and then hired him to design their garden, and to purchase their plants. These hardy do-it-your-selfers removed the rocks and junipers in their existing so-70’s front garden, laid down cardboard covered by mulch (to discourage weeds), brought in soil to make low berms, set the Three Rivers flagstone in sand, and planted the garden themselves. This small, simple garden is drought-tolerant, low maintenance, and was fairly inexpensive. (It is a lot of work to install!)


Other garden attractions:


Garden Talks: 12:00 and 3:00 “Lessons learned by do-it-your-selfers: Costs; hiring a designer; irrigation; and the ups and downs of installing a native garden on your own” by Cheryl Chi and Brandon Young

Plant list

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